Posts for tag: Diet
While our intentions might be good, sometimes life gets in the way of us eating enough fruits and vegetables every single day. Our diet might not always be exactly what our bodies need and that’s okay, no one is perfect. Some days we might eat enough fruit, but not enough vegetables, or vice versa. But what if there was a way to get eleven essential vegetables (including two grains and one fruit) in your body in a matter of seconds and with next to no effort other than putting two capsules in your hand, moving your hand to your mouth, and swallowing?
Juice Plus’s Garden Blend is just that. The Garden Blend contains broccoli, parsley, tomato, carrot, garlic, beet, spinach, cabbage, oat bran, rice bran, and kale. Are you eating all of that daily? These powerhouse vegetables, fruits, and grains have extraordinary benefits to your body. While taking Juice Plus+ doesn’t mean that you can skip eating fruits and vegetables all together, it does help supplement your diet and help make sure that your body is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs.
Your diet is one of the most important factors that plays into your overall health and wellness. It is something that we have complete control over yet many of us have a diet that is lacking in some of the essentials. What you put into your body affects every part of your body, and same goes for what you don’t put into your body. In combination with the Orchid Blend, you can add the vitamins and nutrients from 30 fruits, vegetables, and grains to your daily diet with no more thought than just remembering to take it.
Here are some of the health benefits a few of the key vegetables in the Garden Blend reward your body when ingested.
Broccoli: (A Parker family favorite) is an excellent source of vitamin C and K, folic acid, and potassium. The nutrients in broccoli are key for supporting collagen production, bone health, and your immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals, which damage the body and contribute to early signs of aging.
Spinach: (A true superfood) is loaded with zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, and manganese. Spinach is especially good for your skin and teeth!
Kale: (A hearty dark green) is high in iron, vitamins A, C, K, antioxidants, and calcium. Kale also promotes cardiovascular health and has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Remember, inflammation is the root of most chronic diseases.
Garlic: (Safe guards you from vampires) has been linked to reducing blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, certain cancers, and even the common cold.
Beets: (You definitely want this in your daily diet) are full of essential minerals that are important for healthy nerve and muscle function, as well as promoting healthy bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Beets are also very high in antioxidants and beneficial to your immune system.
If you’d like to learn more about Juice Plus’s Garden Blend, talk to Dr. Blake or Honi. Remember, you are what you eat!
March is National Nutrition Month. To celebrate this important facet of our lives, we thought it was valuable to share this month a wealth of information about how diet and nutrition play a major role in your present and future health, how your diet affects your teeth and oral health, how small changes in diet can make monumental differences in your overall wellbeing, and what are some superfoods that you should be consuming on the regular. We want this month to inspire a movement toward eating “real food.”
The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be any truer. The way we treat and fuel our bodies is a determining factor as to how our bodies will treat us back. There are certain foods that promote anti-inflammation (remember, chronic inflammation is the main cause of most chronic maladies), help strengthen your bones, heart, and other bodily systems, improve your immune system, boost your energy level, and even make your skin glow, your hair shine, and your teeth sparkle.
Modern medicine often focuses predominantly on curing diseases and aliments, while nutrition can actually be used to prevent diseases from occurring in the first place or lessen the symptoms and effects of chronic issues. It’s truly amazing the power of a good diet! It is also amazing how easy eating a good diet can be. Sometimes we just need someone to show us the way though. That is what this month is for.
The combination of a clean and balanced diet, regular exercise, sufficient daily water intake, and seven to nine hours of sleep a night can make you feel like a super human! Add in Juice Plus+ to your routine and you will probably have never felt better. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, maintaining good health is about being proactive. Part of being proactive also includes diet and nutrition.
Stay tuned this month to learn all about how you can transform your diet to help you get in the best shape and health of your life. As with most things relating to health and wellness, little changes can make monumental differences.
Here are some quick tips to keep in the back of your mind and to put into place as we proceed with the happy holiday season.
- Get plenty of sleep. This time of the year might be a busy one, which is all the more reason to get in a solid 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Your mind and body needs 7-9 hours of sleep every day and all year long!
- Drink at least half your weight (in ounces) in water everyday. If you weigh 140 pounds, you should be guzzling down at least 70 ounces of water. Staying hydrated will not only give your skin a beautiful radiant glow, it will also keep your energy levels up and your appetite in check. We often confuse hunger with thirst.
- Drink a glass of water between each adult beverage that you have. This will help you ward off a wicked hangover in the morning. Hydration is key! Enjoy the bubbles and eggnog in moderation; it’s a long season.
- Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals is not a wise way to try and keep off the pounds this season. When you skip meals, you are more likely to overeat later in the day or make poor food choices.
- Snack wisely. Save your indulgences for those special meals and special treats. Stock your pantry and refrigerator with healthy snacks, like cut up veggies, hummus, and fruit. It is also a good idea to throw some almonds or a granola bar in your bag so you aren’t tempted to snack on high calorie, high fat, high sugar, fast food type snacks when you are out and about.
- Eat mindfully. When you do treat yourself to your holiday favorites, slow down and savor every bite, taste, smell, and texture.
- Put your fork down. Between each bite, rest your fork on your plate while you mindfully chew. This will encourage you to slow down and also eat less because you will be giving yourself time to recognize that you are full instead of overdoing it and feeling stuffed.
- Go to parties to celebrate and socialize, not pig out. If you are asked to bring a holiday dish, bring a healhy one.
- Stick to your regular exercise routine. Your health and wellness should always be a top priority and the holiday season isn’t the time to throw all of that out of the window. Continuing to exercise regularly will help keep your energy level and mood high, your stress level low, and your metabolism cranking away.
- Realize that it’s okay to say no. You can say no to the extra slice of pie that is being pushed your way. You can say no to a holiday party. You can say no to a gift exchange. You can say no to anything you want. Oftentimes, we say yes to everything during the holiday season and then end up not being able to truly enjoy the things that are most important to us. Recognize your priorities and stick to them.
- And lastly, enjoy every single moment.
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week!
Multiple factors can cause chronic inflammation in the body. As we have discussed in earlier articles, chronic inflammation can lead to diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, among many other life-changing aliments. Chronic inflammation seems to be at the base of a lot of our health problems. A poor diet, food allergies, chronic infection, stress, inactivity, and digestive and gut issues can cause chronic inflammation. Poor diet and lack of exercise, like chronic inflammation, are at the base of a lot of our health issues. Diet and exercise are also two factors that we have complete control over.
Did you know that the average American consumes 20 spoons of sugar a day? Did you know that 80% of us don’t do the recommended about of physical activity a week? Did you know that the recommended minimum amount of exercise is not even three hours a week? We are eating processed foods that are chalked full of preservatives and ingredients that we can’t even pronounce. We are eating far too much sugar. We are eating too much animal protein and not enough plant-based protein. We are working too much and not getting enough rest. We are holding onto a lot stress and not finding a way to release it. We aren’t moving enough. We are making ourselves sick.
Here are some super easy ways to reduce and even prevent chronic inflammation. Try starting off by picking a few and once you realize how much better you feel, you might want to incorporate them all into your life.
- Reduce sugar intake from 20 spoons a day to 2-3 spoons.
- Decrease your soy, animal-based fats, and corn oil intake. Use coconut, avocado, or olive oil instead.
- Add raw nuts and seeds, like walnuts, almonds, pumpkin, and hemp, into your diet.
- Cut back on dairy and gluten.
- Eat more broccoli, spinach, kale, pineapple, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
- Eat less animal-based protein and more plant-based protein.
- Try kombucha or other fermented products like kimchi, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar.
- Get more omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
- Load up on antioxidants.
- Minimize your Ibuprofen and Tylenol intake.
- Do more low-impact exercise, like yoga or walking.
- Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
- Stop smoking.
- Reduce your alcohol consumption.
Try some of these out and see how you feel!
It can’t be stressed enough that diet and nutrition are a key contenders in the present and future states of our bodies. Health and nutrition go hand and hand. Last week, we discussed how there are certain foods (along with water) that can help maintain and even improve your oral health. The same can be said on the opposite side. There are foods and beverages that pose a threat to the quality and health of your teeth and gums. It is not to say that you can never consume any of the items that we place on this list (everything in moderation), but it would be wise to avoid, as often as possible, the following food and drinks; not only for the sake of your oral health, but also your overall health.
According to the American Dental Association, the following foods and drinks are on the top of the list because they either contain a high amount of sugar or they put you at risk for a dental emergency, like chipping or breaking; or they are both.
- Hard Candies: Not only are hard candies almost entirely made of sugar, they are also, well, hard. A constant barrage of sugar puts you at a higher risk for cavities. Chewing or clinking around something hard in your mouth can accidently cause a chip or break in a tooth. There are actually zero benefits to eating hard candies. However, if this is something that you love, try a sugar-free version.
- Sticky Food (like dried fruit): While pleasing to the palate, sticky dried fruit is actually terrible for your teeth. Not only are they high in sugar, but also due to the sticky nature of these snacks, they tend to stick to your teeth more and for longer than other types of food, like fresh fruit. If you must indulge, be sure to brush and floss your teeth after you are done enjoying your sticky snack.
- Citrus (too much of it): Citrus is highly acidic, which overtime can make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Citrus and citrus juice, in above average amounts can also irritate your mouth and cause sores. While citrus does have beneficial properties, such as vitamin C, be careful of how much you consume.
- Ice: Break your ice chewing habit! While it is made of water and contains no sugar, regularly chewing ice puts you at risk for a dental emergency. A prolonged ice chewing habit also causes teeth enamel to wear down over time.
- Coffee: Drinking too much coffee on a regular basis can be harmful to your teeth. What makes coffee unhealthy is the fact that most people add sugar or other sweeteners. Coffee is also acidic. Overtime, it can also cause your teeth to brown or yellow. The key is moderation and drinking plenty of water alongside of your coffee intake. Make sure to also brush your teeth after drinking coffee to reduce stains on your teeth.
- Soda and Sports Drinks: Just say no. Both sodas and sports drinks contain inordinately high levels of sugar. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to cavities, tooth decay, plague build-up, and enamel destruction. These beverages are also quite terrible for your overall health. If you must, try and make it an infrequent occasion.
We have control over what we put into our bodies. Remember, you are what you eat (and drink). If you want to feel good, look good, have energy, and show the world your beautiful smile, start with your diet. You might be surprised how much better you feel and perform when you are putting the right things into your body. One of the best changes you can make is to cut down on your sugar intake. Take care of you this year!